Raising a glass to the Great Sheffield flood
To mark the 150th anniversary of the Great Sheffield flood – The Bradfield Brewery has brewed a commemorative ale – Farmers “Dam’it”.
In arguably the greatest tragedy ever to befall Sheffield — indeed one of Britain’s worst disasters, in terms of loss of life — over 250 people are known to have perished when the Dale Dyke Dam wall gave way just before midnight on the 11th of March 1864.
The entire reservoir is said to have emptied in just 47 minutes as in excess of a hundred million cubic feet of water (between 600 and 700 million gallons, or two million tons weight) crashed down the Loxley and lower river valleys, destroying almost everything in its path and inflicting terrible damage to property and livelihoods in its wake.
Today the Dale Dyke Reservoir can easily be seen from the Bradfield Brewery and the Great Sheffield flood has long since passed down into folklore with memorials to that tragic night throughout Sheffield.
The launch of Farmers “Dam’it” is our way of marking a very visible piece of local history.
A series of events have been arranged to commemorate the 150th anniversary and will take place in the early weeks of March 2014. For more information see: http://www.mick-armitage.staff.shef.ac.uk/sheffield/flood/anniversary.html